Lawyers Urge Uniformity in Courts’ Pandemic Response
Legal aid attorneys urged California lawmakers on Tuesday to impose uniformity on state courts trying to operate in the pandemic, favoring rules that promote technology to resolve cases over in-person hearings, and consistent health and safety guidelines for the state’s 58 trial courts.
The lawyers said their experiences have differed wildly in various courtrooms throughout the state. One court allows remote appearances, while in another court, a judge insists that all parties show up in-person. One court waives expensive call-in fees, while another does not.